Branston, one of the UK largest potato suppliers, has announced the completion of a £6 million investment at its site near Lincoln, installing a state-of-the-art grading system and WarmStor system.
Designed to improve the efficiency of grading and sizing the 2,500 tonnes of potatoes packed each week, a high tech optical grader unit has been installed at the site.
Additionally, the newly installed WarmStor, a low-energy system to adjust the temperature of the potatoes to the optimum level for prepacking, significantly improves the way crops are handled through the packing process, enhancing the end quality and reducing waste.
John Griffin, general manager at Branston’s site near Lincoln, said: “We have to continually modernise and adapt to the ever-changing food industry in order to have a sustainable business.
“By installing cutting-edge technology into our ways of working, we are ensuring that we remain at the forefront of an evolving industry.
“Ongoing investment in our systems is vital to not only Branston as a business but also to our customers. This new technology means that they can be confident that we are doing all we can to put only the best products on the plates of their customers.”